The coronavirus outbreak intensified overnight in the US as the number of confirmed cases jumped, the death toll increased and a top federal health official warned America that the worst is yet to come.
The World Health Organization has today declared COVID-19 a global pandemic as the new coronavirus has rapidly spread to more than 121,000 people from Asia, the Middle East, Europe and the United States.
The number of U.S. states declaring a state of emergency for the coronavirus epidemic is steadily climbing with at least 12 states having done so and a reasonable expectation more are to follow.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has already planned for the possibility if President Trump should make an emergency declaration across the US for the coronavirus epidemic.
The US President is to address the nation tonight on the coronavirus pandemic this evening at 9:00 P.M. (Eastern) from the Oval Office.
Testifying before Congress on Wednesday morning, Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and a key member of the White House taskforce formed to tackle the US response to the outbreak, said “the bottom line is it’s going to get worse.”
And Fauci urged a more aggressive approach to limit the spread of the virus. “Even in areas of the country, where there are no or few cases, we’ve got to change our behavior,” he said. “We have to essentially assume that we are going to get hit. And that’s why we talk about making mitigation and containment in a much more vigorous way.”
Initially in U.S. coronavirus cases, they could be traced back to a source of entry into the United States from other countries as China, but now in states across the U.S., community spread is happening.
Now because of rapidly increasing community spread, officials at state and local levels are taking serious steps in order to mitigate the number of coronavirus cases.
Large events across the U.S. are being canceled. Here in our State of Texas, the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival has been canceled in Austin and also today the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo was also canceled, which are two major events.
As the coronavirus is spreading through U.S. communities, authorities have also begun to close schools in a manner like that undertaken in Asian countries to contain the disease.
Major US universities as Stanford and others have stopped in-person classes and changed them to an online format so that students take courses and tests remotely.
The United Nations now estimates that the COVID-19 outbreak has disrupted the education of nearly 300 million students across the world.
The financial impact this week has been swift as the US stock market today continues its massive sell-off that has been historic. MarketWatch reported a headline saying the plunge looks a lot like the ones that rocked stocks in 1929, 1987 and 2008 — and if it keeps tracking, look out.
Warren Buffet, known as the Oracle of Omaha for his sage investing cunning, who is reported to be sitting on $128 billion in cash, was just reported as saying it took him 89 years to have experienced something like what is happening now in the markets.
But seriously disturbing is the concern over the preparedness and capacity of the US health system if there is a tsunami of coronavirus cases in the US as seen in other countries as China, South Korea, and Italy.
As to whether front-line U.S. healthcare workers will have the supplies they need, if hospitals across the U.S. will have the beds needed, and if pharmacies will have all medications needed.
And as well, if healthcare product manufacturers and distributors can meet the demand. Especially since there has already been a world-wide demand and drain on medical resources in other countries such as Italy and China.
And many day-to-day healthcare products as gloves, syringes, and masks, along with medications used in the United States with critical ingredients and the chemicals used to make them, are overwhelmingly manufactured overseas mostly in China.
US Senator Patty Murray of the State of Washington whose state has experienced the largest fatal outbreak in the country so far recently said “We need masks, we need ventilators for our medical facilities, and we need it fast.”
Also, ventilators and intensive care units, necessary to keep the most acutely ill coronavirus patients alive, are largely limited to larger hospitals and academic medical centers in larger cities. As one doctor working through the coronavirus catastrophe in Italy said, ventilators are “gold.”
So now the U.S. is preparing for a coronavirus pandemic that medical experts in the U.S. have been warning they are not ready for.
The Biblical prophecies (Matthew 24, Luke 21) forewarned long ago that pestilence will be a sign of the Last Days indicating the coming end of this age of grace.
These events and conditions happening now are signs pointing to the nearing fulfillment of the Last Days prophecies at the end of this age warning it’s time to prepare now for the nearing appearance of Jesus Christ for His Church by being born again spiritually into the Kingdom of God as Jesus said we must (John 3) and His Apostles who were authorized (Matthew 16:19) described how (Acts 2).
Preparing those Biblically born again into the Kingdom of God to be ready to escape all the things that will come to pass, in the wrath of the tribulation of Revelation prophecy, that comes upon the world of disobedience. As the born again Church is not appointed unto wrath (1 Thessalonians 1:10) but instead to salvation through the Lord Jesus Christ.
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